Dr. Rick Halperin: Face to Face with Human Rights

Dallas Doing Good Originally Posted: January 16, 2018 Dr. Rick Halperin doesn’t spend his school vacations in a typical way. As the Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, many would expect him to take advantage of a few weeks off of school by relaxing and rejuvenating as he prepares for the next semester of rigorous academic work. In fact, he does the opposite: he gets busy. And he doesn’t just fill his schedule with to-do lists and projects to complete and books to read (although that’s part of the equation, too). Dr. Halperin focuses on changing the lives of the students in his programs and members of the Dallas community by bringing them face to face with global human rights issues, forcing them [...]

By | 2018-01-17T07:34:17+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dr. Rick Halperin: Face to Face with Human Rights

Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: January 5, 2018 Thirty-five members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. Led by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, the group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation. Here are some of the SMU adventure blogs from the trip: A wish for ‘the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air’ At the memorial for the victims of the Nazi death camp Chelmno, SMU political science/international studies major Ryan C. ’18 read Lana Hechtman Ayers’ poem “Chelmno” – in which Ayers notes the wait “for the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air, soak through, make [...]

By | 2018-01-08T18:01:02+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)

SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

SMU News Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Since SMU launched its bachelor of arts degree in human rights in 2012 – becoming one of only five in the U.S. to offer it – 79 students have embraced the ultimate “world changer” degree to embark on careers ranging from medicine to business to politics. Five years later, SMU seniors Abigail Buck and Grace Caputo will earn the same uncommon distinction at Commencement Convocation Dec. 16. They also plan to follow career paths very similar to the first pioneering duo to earn the degree: Samantha Matthews and Shireen Tavakoli. Samantha recently returned to Dallas to work as executive director of a nonprofit affiliated with the Texas Legends basketball team (an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) after earning [...]

By | 2017-12-14T08:12:53+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

SMU News Originally Posted: December 11, 2017 Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2017 by Dedman College faculty. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore. Most are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. READ THE FULL LIST Books by Dedman College faculty Manjhi Moves a Mountain (Creston Books), by Nancy Churnin, shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough. When young Dashrath Manjhi realizes the mountain separates his poor village from a nearby village with schools, markets and a hospital, he sees a solution no one else can imagine. With only his hammer, chisel, grit and determination, Manjhi spends 20 years carving a path through the mountain. Rachel Ball-Phillips, SMU’s adjunct lecturer of South Asian [...]

By | 2017-12-12T08:15:36+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News, History, Physics|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

Documenting a transformative learning experience

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: November 1, 2017 Bearing witness to Poland’s deep physical and emotional scars that linger long after World War II – when the Nazis made the country the epicenter of the Holocaust – is the focus of a new book by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland (Terrace Partners, $39.95). The large-format hardcover combines more than 200 contemporary photos of occupied Poland’s deadliest Holocaust sites with historical vignettes and poignant observations from those who have experienced one of the most comprehensive, longest-running Shoah study trips offered by a U.S. university. Each December, the two-week Holocaust Poland trip, led for more than 20 years by SMU Professor Rick Halperin, exposes students and lifelong learners to the Third Reich’s genocidal “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” [...]

By | 2017-11-10T10:48:22+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Documenting a transformative learning experience

No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland. New book reflects unique and transformative human rights learning experience

SMU News Originally Posted: October 17, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – Bearing witness to Poland’s deep physical and emotional scars that linger long after World War II – when the Nazis made the country the epicenter of the Holocaust – is the focus of a new book by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program: No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland (Terrace Partners, $39.95). The large-format hardcover combines more than 200 contemporary photos of occupied Poland’s deadliest Holocaust sites with historical vignettes and poignant observations from those who have experienced one of the most comprehensive, longest-running Shoah study trips offered by a U.S. university. Preview the book here. Each December, the two-week “Holocaust Poland” trip – led for more than 20 years by SMU Prof. Rick Halperin – exposes [...]

By | 2017-10-17T18:53:40+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland. New book reflects unique and transformative human rights learning experience

Dreamers Look to Congress to Keep Them in America

CBN News Originally posted: September 6, 2017 Jose Santoyo, an SMU Human Rights alumnus, is quoted in this article. WASHINGTON – The ball is now in Congress' court for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals or DACA.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday  that the Trump administration plans to end the Obama era program. It protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and provides them with social security numbers so they can go to school and work. The administration is giving Congress six months to pass a legislative fix before they stop renewing permits. Thousands of DACA recipients, like Jose Santoyo, are counting on Congress to meet that deadline because their futures are now uncertain. "In social spaces, you always made to feel you belong," [...]

By | 2017-09-07T08:23:03+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on Dreamers Look to Congress to Keep Them in America

Watch SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Associate Director Dr. Brad Klein speak with CBS DFW on the San Antonio tragedy

CBS News Originally Posted: July 24, 2017 Big Rig Driver Said He Had No Idea Dozens Were In His Trailer. Ten people died in the human trafficking case in San Antonio. http://cbsloc.al/2uu4tjn 

By | 2017-07-25T08:32:43+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on Watch SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Associate Director Dr. Brad Klein speak with CBS DFW on the San Antonio tragedy

First DFW ‘Human Rights Youth Summit’ Will Draw Hundreds to SMU Sat., July 15

SMU News Originally Posted: July 12, 2017 Three hundred students, educators and community-outreach leaders will gather at SMU on Saturday, July 15, for the first “Human Rights Youth Summit” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom of Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. “High schoolers shouldn’t have to wait until college to begin learning about human rights, and teachers shouldn’t be afraid to discuss issues young people care about,” says Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, co-sponsoring the free event with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. High school students are encouraged to sign up for the “Human Rights Youth Summit” (which will include lunch) onlinewhile seating is available. Registration for community educators and leaders is now closed. The [...]

By | 2017-07-12T17:35:49+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on First DFW ‘Human Rights Youth Summit’ Will Draw Hundreds to SMU Sat., July 15

Dr. Rick Halperin, Human Rights, Dallas County Becomes First Human Rights County in Texas

WBAP Originally Posted: July 5, 2017 DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – Dallas County has become the first county in Texas and only the second in America to designate itself a Human Rights County, joining eleven U.S. cities that have followed the United Nation’s initiative that aims to develop Human Rights communities throughout the world. “Human Rights abuses occur in our community, our country and our world every day. We must lead at the local level. We can’t do everything but we can all do something,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The action taken by the county commissioners will mark a historic turning point in this County’s recognition of Human Dignity and Human Rights for all those who live, work, and visit here. This really puts us on the road [...]

By | 2017-07-06T08:19:50+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dr. Rick Halperin, Human Rights, Dallas County Becomes First Human Rights County in Texas
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